Author: William D. Palmer Jr.

What You Need to Know about Life-cycle Assessments When Building Green

The U.S. Green Building Council’s research suggests that a quarter of new buildings that have been certified in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program do not save as much energy as their designs predicted, and most do not track ongoing energy consumption. These findings don’t generate a lot of confidence among the public in green building.

Are we looking at the demise of fly ash in concrete?

When evaluating the carbon footprint of concrete, we consider the greenhouse gases released during cement manufacturing, aggregate mining, admixture production, and transportation of all the materials to the cement plant and the ready-mix plant and then to the job site. Although there are other sources contributing to the carbon footprint of concrete, cement is the bad actor, despite the fact that we couldn’t make concrete without it.